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What We Do
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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable change and improvement for the postdoctoral experience through collaboration with all stakeholders. The NPA's key program activities are focused in three key areas:




Advocacy and Education

We advocate for policies that promote positive change in the postdoctoral experience. We are recognized as the "key driver" in postdoctoral policies. We advocate for policy change within the research institutions that host postdoctoral scholars. Since our founding, more than 150 institutions have adopted portions of the NPA's Recommendations for Postdoctoral Policies and Practices. We continue to work with the leadership of federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop new programs and policies for postdoctoral training, compensation, and benefits.



Resource Development

We develop and provide resources that postdocs and administrators need for success. Our resources cover a variety of topics. These resources are available online, with selected resources for members-only.








We provide opportunities for the postdoctoral community to connect. We host an annual meeting for the postdoctoral community to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills. We also maintain online forums to facilitate information exchange, collaboration, and networking.





Highlights of the NPA's Recent Accomplishments

Recent accomplishments/activities by the NPA or in which the NPA has played a significant role are:

  • Four consecutive years of increases in the entry stipend for the NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) trainees (one percent in 2009, one percent in 2010, two percent in 2011 and 2012, seven percent in 2014, and two percent in 2015) after several years of no increases. Most recently, the President's 2016 budget included raising the entry-level stipends to $43,692. The NPA applauds the NIH for these increases.
  • Providing information on the alignment of advanced training and career options to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Graduate Education Modernization Taskforce (2012).
  • The positive recommendations made by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group. The NPA provided data and presented to the working group and was recognized in the group's report for its contributions.

To learn more about the NPA's recent accomplishments, click here. You can also download our brochure here.